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B&W reactor control room simulator operational

Wednesday - 12/5/2012, 12:24pm  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Two dozen engineers will soon use a simulated control room in Virginia to refine the design for a new class of mini nuclear reactors from Babcock & Wilcox Co.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based company said Tuesday that the engineering simulator in Lynchburg is a key milestone in the mPower modular reactor development program.

Officials say the control room prototype is built to the same specifications as one that would control the two reactors in an actual control room.

At first it will help the design team test man-machine interfaces and operating controls. As the program moves closer to deployment, the company says the control room will be used to train future reactor operators.

The mPower reactors will generate 125 megawatts. That's about one-tenth the size of a conventional commercial nuclear reactor.

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